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Today August 20, 2005 is WORLD GOA DAY

Message from WORLD GOA DAY founder Rene Barreto
Dear Friends ,
Many of you must have by now heard of OUR WORLD GOA DAY - WGD is a day set aside to celebrate our GOAN CULTURAL HERITAGE , many are PROUD TO BE GOANS, to those Goans who feel proud - I say , come and JOIN Goans world wide and celebrate this day.

The day we have chosen to celebrate our world goa day is the 20th of August 2005. This unique WORLD GOA DAY is in its sixth year , Goans from all over the WORLD are today a part of it. We have over forty GOAN ORGANISATIONS participating and tens of Thousand sing aloud the song PROUD TO BE A GOA. The day we have chosen to celebrate WORLD GOA DAY is the 20th of August , 2005.

TOGETHER for GOA and Goans everywhere.

Please visit our webiste www.goaday.com

Rene Barreto

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Goans of Pakistan Celebrate World Goa Day on 20th -21st August 2005
Message From: Felix D'Sa of Montreal
Here in Pakistan the Goinkars Own Academy under the leadership of Deborah Santamaria will be celebrating World Goa Day on 20th - 21st August.

This would be our way of showing solidarity to Goans around the world. Last year we had 150+ members and guests in attendance. And this year we have 200+. The idea of celebrate our heritage, culture, traditions, music and cuisine and most of all our language KONKANI is a great one. It should not be forgotten that World Goa Day came into being to honor our Konkani language we can do it by learning and speaking it in public. Credit goes to Rene Barreto who in 2000 relentlessly work hard with a few co-coordinators for revival of our Mother Tongue Konkani and as you can see this forum which began with just a few has increased tremendously because we did not work as an individual we worked as a team and therefore together we have made a difference..

We as Goans are proud of the many important values we possess, and World Goa Day gives us an opportunity to celebrate and share these rare values with the various communities around the world.

Viva Goa - Viva Goans of Karachi Pakistan

Deborah Santamaria
President , Goinkars Own Academy

World Youth Day 2005
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South Asian Festival "MMM" Captivates Toronto
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The Canorient Community In Montreal - Collage of Mothers Day Event

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News Clips from Goa
by Joel D'Souza & Fred Noronha

Govt's partnership with soccer vital for Goa
MAPUSA: It is heart-warming to see that the campaign to declare football as an official sport in Goa is gaining ground. No other state, nor even Bengal, which had dominated the scene for decades, has so far done it. And if the state government bestows recognition, due and deserving to the game of football, it would surely bring about a sea change in the sport in terms of support and infrastructure.

Maharaja Mallya rolls out the Kingfisher flying carpet
ON BOARD KINGFSHER AIRLINES FLIGHT: Vijay Mallya, India's poster boy of consumption and consumerism, who emulates the polo-playing princes he admires, by wearing diamonds in his lobes, got into the cockpit of his Kingfisher airline A-320 and flew the good times from Goa to Mumbai and back, on the inaugural flight in this sector.

Rane's Budget brings cheer to liquor firms
PANJIM, Aug 11: Chief Minister Pratapsing Rane presented a budget of Rs.3725.74 crore for the current year 2005-06 with emphasis on social sector. While no additional taxes have been imposed, the budget has brought cheers to the liquor industry. Under the value added tax regime, tax has been reduced from 22 per cent to 4 per cent on feni and from 22 per cent on Indian Made Foreign Liquor.

CCP lifts 250 tonne garbage
PANAJI: The Corporation of the City of Panaji today under a stop-gap arrangement lifted 250 metric tonnes of garbage strewn around the city and gathered 50 metric tonnes of public waste through door-to-door collection, and began back-filling of government land near the EDC ground, behind city Kadamba bus stand, under police protection.

Happy Independece Day
Goans join the rest of people of India to celebrate the country's 59th Independence Day today. Functions have started quite early in the morning all over the State. Chief Minister Pratapsing Rane will unfurl the tricolour at the Old Secretariat in Panjim. He will address the ceremonial parade as well as present police medals, awards to Anganvadi workers and the Yashadamini awards. Meanwhile, the Catholic community in Goa also celebrate the feast of the assumption of Our Lady today in all the parishes, in some of which the joyous day coincides with the "Harvest Festival" or Novidade. A number of cultural programmes organised by institutions, clubs and associations, road races and coconut breaking competitions are special features of the day.


18th August 2005 - Hanwell London W7. DOMINGOES S FERNANDES ( Aged 82; Ex Nanyuki, Kenya, born in Goa ). Husband of Lourdes Fernandes. Father of Prisca, Gracie ( Alan - Toronto, Canada ), Maria, Anthony ( Rosy ). Grandfather of Christopher(Toronto Canada), Antonia and Carla. Funeral Arrangements as follows: Reception into Church: Thursday 25th August 2005 at 7.00pm. Funeral Mass: Friday 26th August 2005 at 10:00am. Reception into church and Funeral Mass at the Our Lady of Visitation Church, Greenford Road, Greenford, Middlesex. Burial at Greenford Park Cemetery, Windmill Lane, Greenford, Middlesex. Condolence Email : rosy.fernandes@fastnet.co.uk

17 Aug. 2005. CASMIR D'SA resident of Shetye Salkar Residency, Fatorda, Margao passed away. Father /Father-in-law of Bernad/Bernadine(Perth), Beven, Bernadine/David (Canada). Brian/Sandra (Fatorda), Narahari (Patorda), Grandfather of Brenella, Brendan, Brenita, Rianna, Samantha, Warren Nathan, Jonathan & Naren.
Funeral announcement would be done later.

14 Aug. 2005. THELMA FERNANDES (nee Gomes) of Vancouver, Canada passed away on Sunday, She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Maurice, and daughters, Renee and Gina. She is the daughter of Grace Gomes and the late Sebastian Gomes and daughter-in-law of Arlinda Fernandes and the late George Fernandes, formerly of Uganda. She will be sadly missed by her sisters Ida (Armando) of Toronto, Youlanda (Walter) of Santa Rosa, CA, Fermina (Trevor) of Toronto, Amelia (Kelvin) of England. Also mourning her passing are her brothers-in-law Terry (Dolly) from Edmonton, Brian from Edmonton, Christopher (Anne) from Hamilton. She will also be missed by her nieces and nephews: Brandon, Desiree, Ashlynn, Natasha, Channing, Dario, Amber, Gaelen, Matthew, Michelle and Kara.

The funeral service was held at Sacred Heart Parish on Friday, August 19th 2005. Messages of condolence can be sent via email to maurice_fernandes@telus.net

10 Aug. Toronto. JOHN REMEDIOS. (Aged 84, ex-Mombasa). Husband of the late Margarida (Maggie). Loving father of Aurora (Joe), Joey (Lucia), Felix (Yvonne), Tony (Ranji), Xavier (Lynn), Rita (Harry), Tim (Rhonda), Laura (Tony), Lorraine (John) and the late Matthew and his wife Rita. Fondly remembered grandfather of his 16 grandchildren. Funeral Mass at 10a.m. on Sat. 13 Aug. at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, 5650 Mavis Road at 10a.m. Interment Assumption Cemetery. For full details including visitation arrangements and condolence messages click here.

August 3, 2005. MONTEIRO, ANA RITA- Passed away peacefully at age 86 on Wednesday, at North York General Hospital. Beloved wife of the late Manoel Monteiro. Predeceased by her son Theo (Genny) and son-in-law Cajetan. Loving mother of Tarsila, Nelson (Bertha), Marcello (Cathy), Theordora (Paul) and Clare. Will be sadly missed by her grandchildren and great-grandson. Funeral Mass at Epiphany of Our Lord Parish Roman Catholic Church, took place on Saturday, August 6th.


For listing of events in 2005 please click here

 Goan Events in Canada - Spring -Summer 2005 
Date Organization Event  
Saturday, August 20, 2005 Quebec Goan Association World Goa Day Picnic GVC
Sunday, August 28, 2005 Villagers of Pilerne Picnic PULSE March
Sunday, September 4, 2005   2005 Kenya Picnic GVC
September 7, 2005
Mississauga-Brampton-Etobicoke Goan Seniors Steering Group Inaugural Meeting to Form New 55+ Goan Seniors Group GVC
Saturday, September 10, 2005   World Goa Day-New England Goans Picnic
Saturday, September 17, 2005 The Villagers of Calangute (Toronto) Feast of St. Alexius GVC
Sunday, September 25, 2005 CurtorimLoutolimRaia ASSOCIATION Curtorim-Loutolim-Raia Social GVC
Saturday, October 8, 2005   Toronto Tanzanite Dance - 2005 GVC
Saturday, October 15, 2005 Quebec Goan Association Variety Dinner Show GVC
Saturday, November 19, 2005 Villagers of Navelim 30th Anniversary Fest GVC
Saturday, December 17, 2005 Toronto East Goan Seniors Association Christmas Dance GVC
Saturday,September 16, 2006 Dr.Ribeiro's Goan School Ex-student's Committee - Toronto Grand Reunion Dance
December 3rd 2005 To December 3rd 2006.
St Francis Xavier Jubilee Year Celebrations
Greater Toronto Area Events


Tip Sheets for Parents
From: Brampton Guardian
The public School board is providing parents with tips to help children continue developing reading, writing and math skills during summer vacation.

The Peel District School Board's Web site www.peelschools.org, is providing access to tip sheets and suggested parent/child activities to continue learning experiences for young and older students outside the school environment.

Studies show that children who remain active learners outside the classroom during summer months are better prepared to return to school in the fall.

The Parents Boost Learning section of the Web site features learning activities for pre-school children, in addition to elementary, middle and secondary school students.

The board's Website includes more than 45 tip sheets as well as advice for choosing quality summer programs and suggestions for various activities to help kids learn.

"Providing a learning experience doesn't need to be an expensive endeavour," said Brian Woodland, Peel board's communications director. "As a parent , you can turn any ordinary activity into fun and memorable way to learn."

People Places and Things

Hundred Years of Goan Presence in Kenya Honored by Kenya V.P.

Letter fromVice-president and Minister of Home Affairs-Nairobi




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Travel outlook for 2005/2006
Cruising (Ocean) has become very affordable and brings more return in your investment than choosing just one place to vacation for the week. Cruising gives you the opportunity to see various places you could not do otherwise. It is true what the Cruise Industry says, "You haven't lived until you Cruise". Cruising offers the essence in romance as the ship sales through breezy moonlit nights and sunny, sultry days.

General Motors to expand sourcing of auto parts from India
From: Automotive News
Opel Astra Car

World’s largest automaker General Motors has announced plans to expand its sourcing of auto parts from Indian companies. It is now expected to grow to as much as USD 1 Billion by 2008 from just $120 million now. The aim is to cut costs of producing automobiles and outsource as much as possible to save money on the end product.

GM buys auto components like castings and forgings from more than 100 suppliers based in India. P. Balendran, vice president of General Motors India announced these plans while speaking to Dow Jones Newswires: "We are planning to increase auto parts sourcing from India substantially over the next few years. Auto parts in India cost 25-30% less than in North America or Europe. They are also around 15% cheaper than South Korea and Mexico, but the quality is on a par."

The company is only one of the many automakers around the world, which outsource auto parts from Indian manufacturers. Some other automakers include Ford Motor Co., DaimlerChrysler AG, Volkswagen AG, Volvo AB and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. the reason behind this is the low cost and cutthroat competition in the local market making it tough to save money in their own localized markets.

GM India also has plans to introduce three new cars next year in a bid to increase its market share in Asia’s fourth-biggest automobile market.

Security Cameras
Australian scientists have solved a problem that has had the world's safety and security industries stumped - how to watch hundreds of security cameras at the same time, using them to spot trouble and track offenders. For more details click the link below:

Rubbish Into Compost - BiobiN®
Peter Wadewitz has been commercially processing compost for 30 years. He would collect manure from chicken farms to bring to his compost site for processing. To solve the problem farmers were having in disposing safely of dead birds, Peter was inspired to find a better way. The in-vessel composting system is now turning all kinds of waste matter into compost in a short time.For more details click the link below:

Health & Wellness

Sprinklers In New Homes May Be Mandatory
Broadcast News
Monday, August 15, 2005

A campaign is underway in Ontario to force all new homes to install sprinkler systems. The campaign, launched by a coalition of groups representing fire professionals, consumers and the sprinkler industry, is being led by Toronto's former fire chief.

Alan Speed says installing residential fire sprinkler systems and smoke alarms reduces the risk of death during a fire by 82 per cent. More than 220 North American jurisdictions already have legislation in place making sprinkler systems mandatory. In Vancouver, where the law has been in place for 10 years, there has not been a single accidental fire fatality in a home where there is a sprinkler.

What happens when your cholesterol levels are too high?
Posted By: <stephendesouza@sympatico.ca>
on Goans Tanzanite Web site
To reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke, your doctor will recommend a treatment that will help you get your cholesterol levels back to a healthy level. How is a treatment chosen?

The first step is to determine your risk of heart disease over the next 10 years. Your doctor can use a formula developed from a major heart disease study called the Framingham Study to calculate your risk of heart disease. To do this, the doctor will need to know your age, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and whether you smoke. For full text click here.

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